Reductions at Jay Maine Paper Mill

Digester and one paper machine to be permanently shut as a result of April Explosion

Reductions at Jay Maine Paper Mill

Pixelle Paper’s Androscoggin mill in Jay which was rocked by an April explosion in the pulp digester announced that it would not resume pulping operations and would leave idle one of three paper machines at the mill. Layoff notices went to 67 employees, the third round of layoffs in a plant now with only 281 […]

CP Creates Customer Log Jam by Scrapping Former BAR Cars

CP Creates Customer Log Jam by Scrapping Former BAR Cars

Log Jam for Largest Lumber Customer Pleasant River Lumber Company has been left with a literal log jam following a hasty move by Canadian Pacific Railway to remove from service and scrap nearly 200 ex-Bangor & Aroostook pulpwood/log cars. When CP took over the Central Maine & Quebec in June, the mechanical department inspected the […]

Pan Am Sale: Winners and Losers

Pan Am Sale: Winners and Losers

Winners Port of Saint John/ J.D. Irving/Irving Limited PSJ gets a third Class 1 to compete for traffic to the Midwest and Northeast, likely to include crude oil for Irving in the future. However, CN appears uninterested in container traffic from Halifax to the northeast, considering it as short-haul. Canadian National Railways CSX and CN […]

MassDOT: Awards $2.4 Million 2020 IRAP VIII grants

MASSACHUSETTS INDUSTRIAL RAIL ACCESS PROGRAM GENERATES RECORD $7 MILLION FREIGHT RAIL DEVELOPMENT, DESPITE PANDEMIC-REDUCED STATE CONTRIBUTION.

MassDOT: Awards $2.4 Million 2020 IRAP VIII grants

As with every state in the Year of the Coronavirus, Massachusetts’ coffers are drastically lower than anticipated at the beginning of 2020. In line with all Massachusetts government agencies confronted by the state’s pandemic budget deficit, the 2020 IRAP VIII program reduced its grant budget by 11% compared to 2019. But thanks in part to […]

LPG: New England’s Propane Supply Riskiest in the Country

VERSATILE RAILROADING MASKS REGIONAL WEAKNESS DUE TO DISTANCE FROM PRODUCTION, LIMITED TRANSPORTATION, SEASONAL SWINGS.

LPG: New England’s Propane Supply Riskiest in the Country

Energy security is an annual challenge in the northeast. In particular, New England relies heavily on LPG (propane) for residential and commercial heat. Uniquely among the propane market regions, New England possesses no propane production or propane pipeline connection to other regions. One hundred percent of New England’s propane supply is imported by rail and […]

Cold Storage Facility Approved for Portland Waterfront

Planning Board Approval for $30million Maine International Cold Storage Facility for Emskip

Cold Storage Facility Approved for Portland Waterfront

The Portland Planning Board on Tuesday approved the 120,000-square-foot Maine International Cold Storage warehouse proposed at the port. The Maine Port Authority and Emskip (which has weekly container ships to Portland from Europe) have pushed the plan for a number of years, lining up developer Treadwell Franklin Infrastructure of Yarmouth and investment firm, Amber Infrastructure.  […]

Digital Transformation Will Drive The Need For Speed And Near-Shoring says Petrolog’s Rutherford

Next-Day shipping means inventory and manufacturing closer to consumers.

Expectations of consumers for quick delivery will transform the supply chain, says Mike Rutherford, Senior Vice President AmericanPetrolog LLC. Speaking at the Northeast Association of Rail Shippers,  Rutherford,  gave a sweeping view of changes in society leading to changes in manufacturing and thus rail movements. With manufacturing leaving China, more goods will arrive from Mexico […]

AMMC Enters Agreement with Cleveland-Cliffs Inc.

ArcelorMittal announced this morning that it has entered into a definitive agreement with Cleveland-Cliffs Inc. pursuant to which Cleveland-Cliffs will acquire 100% of the shares of ArcelorMittal USA for a combination of cash and stock. Under the terms of the agreement, ArcelorMittal expects to receive an aggregate equity value consideration of $1.4 billion upon closing […]

NECR: Phelps-Dodge Norwich CT Plant To Close

Copper Rod Plant to Close, Taking 117 Manufacturing Jobs and ~2000 Carloads Out of the Connecticut Economy.

NECR: Phelps-Dodge Norwich CT Plant To Close

18 June, Norwich CT – Norwich, CT-based Freeport-McMoRan Copper Products, commonly also referred to by its former ownership, Phelps Dodge, will close its Wawecus Street plant. According to the required notice filed with the CT Department of Labor. The reason for the plant’s closing is a “dramatic downturn in business and economic uncertainty brought on by the […]